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Old 7th Oct 2021, 09:29
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At present Sydney is in a sort of lockdown - most people (not essential workers) only allowed to travel within their local government area, so not a lot of driving being done, and petrol prices were about $1.40/litre. As from Monday, we'll be able to travel anywhere in the greater Sydney area. One nearby servo has already put their fuel up to $1.80+.
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Old 7th Oct 2021, 11:02
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Due to differences in how the overall length of a truck is calculated, European lorries have far less space available for driver accommodation than their US counterparts. A British lorry would have little more than a bunk and a shelf available whereas an American one would easily have a kitchen and bathroom.

The driver facilities in a British lorry are really only suitable for emergency rather than normal use. Stuck in a queue or a breakdown for example.

The nightstop allowances are a joke, £35 if the truck lacks a bunk and £26 if it has one. Try finding a bed for the night for £35 let alone buy food as well, drivers aren't able to book weeks in advance to get the good rates so it's mostly last minute. £26 will barely cover dinner, breakfast and a takeaway lunch at transport cafe prices. Many trucks don't have a fridge or any cooking facilities so the opportunity to save money that way is limited.

Try getting your rest period in a layby starting at 6:00pm with all the traffic going by and then getting going in the small hours of the morning.

Dedicated rest stops are needed with individual portacabin style sleeping facilities. Toilets, showers and washing machines are also required together with a 24 hour canteen serving food at reasonable prices. If the overnight allowance has to go up to enable a driver to use these facilities then so be it.
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Old 7th Oct 2021, 12:15
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Petrol availability in Cambridge area still patchy but no problems in Bedford. No idea why the difference.
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Old 7th Oct 2021, 12:16
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I heard a mention (Paper industry spokesperson) on the Today program this morning that the UK toilet paper issue maybe coming around again due to costs going up for paper industry due to energy costs. Also someone on from ceramic industry on the same message re tiles, Bricks etc.

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Old 7th Oct 2021, 13:49
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Originally Posted by Mr Mac View Post
I heard a mention (Paper industry spokesperson) on the Today program this morning that the UK toilet paper issue maybe coming around again due to costs going up for paper industry due to energy costs. Also someone on from ceramic industry on the same message re tiles, Bricks etc.

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Surely that wouldn't lead to a shortage, just a price increase for everyone down to the consumer?
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Old 7th Oct 2021, 13:51
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Local builders here are avoiding quoting at the moment as labour and material costs and availability are so uncertain.
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Old 7th Oct 2021, 14:01
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Originally Posted by Mr Mac View Post
I heard a mention (Paper industry spokesperson) on the Today program this morning that the UK toilet paper issue maybe coming around again due to costs going up for paper industry due to energy costs. Also someone on from ceramic industry on the same message re tiles, Bricks etc.

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Oh great! This'll be the same BBC that created the fuel-buying panic with their clickbait headlines.

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Old 7th Oct 2021, 14:03
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At least you have fuel 😂.
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Old 7th Oct 2021, 14:53
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Don't panic, but they are saying there will be a shortage of Quality Street...
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Old 7th Oct 2021, 15:05
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Originally Posted by TheReverend View Post
Oh great! This'll be the same BBC that created the fuel-buying panic with their clickbait headlines.

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Why single out the BBC? It seemed the majority of the UK media jumped on this particular topic and whipped it up.
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Old 7th Oct 2021, 15:14
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Another opportunity to kick the BBC? Great!
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Old 7th Oct 2021, 21:49
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How would she get it into the tank?

https://www.itemfix.com/v?t=tllz1l
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Old 8th Oct 2021, 01:14
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A hole poked in the bottom of the bag and a big funnel ?

Or perhaps she intended to use the bag of fuel to torch the car or a house for the insurance money.
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Old 8th Oct 2021, 05:22
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Originally Posted by Sallyann1234 View Post
How would she get it into the tank?

https://www.itemfix.com/v?t=tllz1l
That was apparently actually filmed in Texas as noted earlier in the thread - surprised me, I thought only some Russians were mad enough to do that kind of thing.
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Old 8th Oct 2021, 06:43
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Don't panic, but they are saying there will be a shortage of Quality Street...
I thought there was always a shortage of the Purple Ones???
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Old 8th Oct 2021, 09:56
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I thought there was always a shortage of the Purple Ones???
And the green triangle!! Shame there's never a shortage of the yellow wrapped toffee "penny"!
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Old 8th Oct 2021, 09:59
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I hate the green and purple ones but like the toffee pennies. Only my fillings don't so I now avoid QS like the plague...
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Old 8th Oct 2021, 10:02
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Originally Posted by treadigraph View Post
I hate the green and purple ones but like the toffee pennies. Only my fillings don't so I now avoid QS like the plague...
Isnít that the truth sadly 😂. The joy of old age.
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Old 8th Oct 2021, 13:46
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I'm using lots of gas before the price rises come in.........
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Old 8th Oct 2021, 14:24
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Originally Posted by ShyTorque View Post
I'm using lots of gas before the price rises come in.........
Much of it here? 🤭
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